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Forgive Cuonzo Martin if he’s a Celtics fan at the moment

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Milwaukee beat Boston, 103-101, to tie their NBA first-round series at 2-2. It almost didn’t turn out that way, though — the Celtics came back from 20 points down in the third quarter, thanks mostly to Cal product Jaylen Brown.

Or should I say, Cuonzo Martin product Jaylen Brown.

The Boston Celtics shooting guard who played for Missouri men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin at California scored 34 points against the Milwaukee Bucks. [...]

“Some guys have the mentality that they want to be great,” Martin said of Brown. “Jaylen analyzes what it takes to be great.”

As O’Connor mentioned, Brown’s inability to shoot the perimeter jumper at the collegiate level made life often difficult. Still, he averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, numbers good enough to lead the Golden Bears to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. [...]

“It’s a joy to see him play well,” Martin said. “That’s his life and his path, and I’m always happy to see them (succeed) in that.”

Brown averaged 14.6 points per game in his one year at Cal. He has blossomed in his second year in Boston. This has little to do with anything, but if nothing else, think of this as a reminder that Michael Porter Jr., Jontay Porter, and Jeremiah Tilmon are probably not the last blue-chippers who will make their way to Columbia as long as Martin’s here.

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  • The 2018 EYBL circuit has begun, and the KC Star’s Alex Schiffer was on hand to watch St. Louis’ Bradley Beal Elite team and others. You should check out his whole timeline for some of his impressions. But this one certainly stood out:

Don’t be that guy.